European Union leaders condemned the failure to approve the opening of accession talks for Macedonia and, some, for Albania too, at the first day of the European Council in Brussels.
The Visegrad 4 leaders jointly shared frustration in an open letter.

Independently, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that he is disappointed and laid blame at “some other member states”. France, and to a lesser extent the Netherlands and Denmark, have derailed the opening of accession talks, which Babis said should have been a formality.

We promised them. I am very much disappointed, the Prime Minister added.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that Macedonia is as big as the Bulgarian capital Sofia, and poses no risk to the EU to justify the display of power by member states against it. Borisov said that member states are allowing their internal problems to block enlargement.

Even Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whose country blocked Macedonia for decades, seemed relieved that this time someone else is responsible for the veto. While entering the EUCO dinner, Mitsotakis said that he fully supports the EU path of “our northern neighbor”.